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RNLI Rhyl to feature in popular BBC documentary series


April 16, 2024 - 362 views

As the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) marks 200 years of lifesaving, the volunteer lifeboat crew of Rhyl are set to take to the nation’s television screens on 23rd April, as they feature in the ninth series of popular TV show Saving Lives at Sea on BBC Two and iPlayer.

The new series comes in the wake of an incredible milestone for the RNLI, as the charity marked two centuries of lifesaving on 4 March 2024.

After a special first episode which took a closer look at RNLI crews’ involvement in the Second World War, nine further episodes in the series focus on the lifesaving work of today’s lifeboat crews and lifeguards, featuring footage captured on helmet and boat cameras including Rhyl RNLI.

Viewers will be able to watch dramatic rescues as they unfold through the eyes of RNLI lifesavers, as well as meeting the people behind the pagers and hearing from the rescuees and their families who, thanks to the RNLI, are here to tell the tale.

This forthcoming episode, on Tuesday 23rd April, sees Rhyl RNLI launch their all weather Shannon Class lifeboat Anthony Kenneth Heard, to the aid of a stricken yacht in bad weather, alongside rescue stories from their colleagues at other stations and beaches around our coasts.

RNLI Rhyl Coxswain Martin Jones says “It’s great for the Rhyl station and it’s volunteer crew to be showcased in the upcoming episode of Saving Lives At Sea. The featured ‘shout’ is a great demonstration of our crews commitment and dedication to helping those in need at sea”.

Filming took place over the past year, with lifeboat crews and lifeguards carrying special cameras and welcoming film-makers into their day-to-day life. Rescues from the RNLI’s archives are also revisited, and we get a glimpse into the everyday lives of the thousands of men and women who give up their time to save lives.

Photo: RNLI/Callum Robinson/Ethan Beswick